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Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence," "The Lord of the Rings" franchise) stars as Everett Hitch and Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Ed Harris ("A Beautiful Mind," "The Truman Show") stars as Virgil Cole in this Western directed by Harris himself. The paths of two gunmen tracking an escaped murderer and that of a beautiful, dangerous widow with an agenda of her own collide in the lawless western town of Appaloosa. In Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher with so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horse and women for his own and left the city marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but this time they find an unusually wily adversary--one who raises the stakes not by playing with the rules, but with emotions.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 159
- Fresh: 121
- Rotten: 38
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Parker's novel, proves mostly engaging.
Rotten: Mortensen should certainly do another western, soon. Preferably he should do one with a real sense of danger to go along with all the neat, tidy, highfalutin' honor and decency.
Fresh: Harris co-wrote, directed and stars in the film, which is filled with humor, action and clever turns.
Fresh: A warmly made, slightly offbeat movie about friendly devotion. It also happens to be a western, and every man in it is grizzled or wizened or both.
Do not go comparing this to 3:10 to Yuma!
This movie is very different from 3:10 to Yuma and makes it hard to compare the two. Just because the two are westerns does not mean that they are the same. Past this the acting is amazing. Ed Harris did a fantastic job directing. The settings used are very good and go well with the film style. The only complaint that i really have is there is not much fighting or violence that a traditional western has. But this is because the story didn't call for much of it. definitely check this one out.
Ed Harris is all over this movie and has done an outstanding job writing, producing, directing and acting. The rest of the cast is also first rate as is the whole package. Do you like Drama, Thrillers or Westerns? You've got to see this!
Waste of Time
This movie had to much of nothing going on. The total amount of interesting action was about 5 minutes (rounding up). The dialog was horrible. The acting was atrocious. Zellweger needs to stop, everything. She was the worst part of an already bad movie. It was ackward and made no sense at all.
- Genre: Western
- Released: 2009
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